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Features we want from Apple iWatchAt this point Apple had better make the rumored iWatch, because we already have a solid list of features we want from it.
For reasons I don?t completely understand, people are really into the idea of big high-tech watches. Maybe it was that square iPod Nano, or the insane response to the Pebble Watch on Kickstarter, or the whole Nike Fuelband and FitBit craze. Whatever it is, the hot rumor right now is that Apple is cooking up their own wristwatch due out this year. I?m Donald Bell, and in this Top 5, I?m counting down the must-have iWatch features that might get me to buy one. Starting off at #5: Notifications. Honestly, I don't really want a watch. What I want is a way to obsess over my phone without having to actually take out my phone and look like a jerk. I want to screen calls, read text messages, see upcoming appointments, AND I want my watch to blink and buzz a lot so that EVERYONE think?s I?m important. #4 is a little gross but it's got to be... sweat resistant. In fact, if they can make this whole thing waterproof by going with wireless charging and sealing the whole thing up, even better. All I know is, if this thing can be undone by a workout or careless hand washing, it's too fragile for me. I need my pointless status symbols to be military grade. At #3: Connectivity. Controlling music playback on my phone or iPod is the least it can do. I want it to control Apple TV, airplay speakers, Keynote presentations, talk to Siri, maybe even turn on the lights in my house. Knowing Apple, I'll bet we'll get half those features and then they'll dangle the other ones out for iWatch 2 and iWatch 3, which will come in more colors and then an iWatch Mini for the kids. I've suffered from this abuse before. I know how it goes. Coming in at #2: Third party apps. I don?t just want this thing to be a window onto the phone in my pocket. I want it to have it?s own apps, and I want to see what kinds of cool things developers can make. Maybe some leeetle teeny tiny games. I mean, it?ll take some pretty tough design restrictions to keep designers from going off the rails, but Apple more than anyone else has shown that they can crack the whip to enforce app quality. Now, before we get to #1, let?s take a minute to consider all of the features that the iWatch doesn?t need. I mean really, if this thing is an iPhone companion device, why not let the phone in your pocket do the heavy lifting? That means no GPS. Bluetooth 4.0 instead of Wi-Fi or 4G. No headphone jack. No pedometer. No quadcore processors. And most importantly, no offensively high price. I mean, who the hell really needs a smartwatch? Make it low tech with a low price and put the emphasis on apps and design. I mean, I know it?s Apple, so it?s not gonna be cheap, but don?t make me have to explain dropping $400 on an iWatch to my wife. It sounds ridiculous. Alright, and now the #1 thing that Apple?s hypothetical iWatch is going to need if they?re going to get people to re-embrace the watch: long battery life. Man, I have got enough crap that I need to charge every day. Now, Apple has shown that they can pull of some miraculous battery life with products like the iPad, but there?s no way to cram a giant battery into something small enough to fit on your wrist. Well, maybe if it?s like a Nintendo Power Glove. That would actually be kinda bad ass. Put a solar panel on there, maybe a couple laser pointers. Chick magnet. So there you go, those are the five features an Apple iWatch would need to have to keep me interested. But it?s just my opinion and I?m sure you?ve got one of your own. So hit me up on Twitter or leave a comment on the Top 5 blog over at Top5.CNET.com. Also, check out Scott Stein?s writeup of 9 features he wants from the iWatch. I ripped you off, I only gave you 5. I?m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.